Grafton Services bowlers join forces for Mixed Pairs Championships

Last weekend saw the start of our Mixed Pairs Championships for 2021. Many members from both our ladies and mens clubs look forward to these mixed championships every year, as it is not often that they get a chance to play in a club championship competition with their husbands and wives.

There are also some very formidable combinations formed each year by the men and ladies of ‘non bowling partners’ or indeed those who for whatever reason, would prefer not to play with their husband or wife! LOL…and then there is also the occasional mother & son combination, which may, (or may not) cause some teams a problem or two…isn’t that right Toni & Matty! LOL.

In any case, some great competition is assured. The first round of matches were played on Saturday November 20, with some interesting match ups being drawn.

The first match saw Helen Barnier & Alex Morrison up against Debbie & Mark Walsh. Both sides started the game on a good note, with each winning three of the first six ends, however it was Debbie & Mark who gained the advantage from that point and carried their good form on for a comfortable win.

Final score; Debbie & Mark Walsh 30 – Helen & Alex 9.

Match two saw Annette & Barry Williams paired against Karen & Brian Napper. This game saw Barry & Annette start very well, winning six of the first seven ends to lead 14 – 4. Karen & Brian came back into the game with two 3’s on the next two ends to trail 10 – 14 but it was Barry & Annette who had by far the better of the reamaining ends, to cross the line winners by twelve shots.

Final score; Annette & Barry 27 – Karen & Brian 15.

Match three saw Sue Jacquin & Pat Chorley cross swords with Carol Johnson & Paul Sutton. In this game, Sue & Pat gained the early momentum scoring two 5’s in the first half of the game to lead 15 – 5 after 10 ends, and although Carol & Paul did stage a recovery mid way through the second half, the gap was too great, and Sue & Pat went on for a nine-shot victory.

Final score; Sue & Pat 24 – Carol & Paul 15.

In the fourth match, Bev Murray & Allan Knox played Shirley Hilliar & Jason Ryan. Bev and Allan started in fine form, winning nine of the first ten ends to lead 21 shots to 1 and although Shirley and Jason did not lie down scoring seven shots over the next three ends, the ‘bird had well and truly flown’ and Bev & Allan were too good on the day winning by twelve shots.

Final score; Bev & Allan 26 – Shirley & Jason 14.

Our fifth match put the mother & son pairing of Toni & Matty Shorten up against Kayleen & Robby Power. This match saw Toni & Matty start well winning the first two ends to lead 4 – 0, but Kayleen & Robby were warming to the task, and won seven of the next eleven ends to lead 15 – 10 after 13 ends. Still, anyone’s game, but it was the ‘Powerful Powers’ who finished the better, winning five of the last seven ends, to take the game by nine shots.

Final score; Kayleen & Robby 22 – Toni & Matty 13.   

Unfortunately, the second-round matches had to be postponed on Sunday November 21 due to inclement weather.

On Wednesday November 17, twenty-eight players rolled up for our social pairs.

The winners on the day were Darren Brown & Michael Maher. Our runners up went to Peter Gillespie & Brian Hall while the consolation prize was won by Barry Elder & Neil Payne. Our two ‘resting touchers’ prizes were won by Tony Dalton on green 1 and Terry Glass on green 2.

On Friday November 19 there were 46 players on the greens for our social pairs, with the winners on the day being Kenny Ainsworth & Ray Toovey.  Runners up were Brian Hall & Tom McDonald while the consolation went to Ray Marchant and John Hall.  The two ‘resting touchers’ prizes went to John Hall on green 1, and Keith Garner on green 2.

A reminder to all members, that our joint men’s/ladies Christmas Party / Presentation night will be held on Saturday December 4, so if you wish to attend, place you names on the list on the notice board RSVP by November 28.

That’s all for this week. See you on the greens soon at the G.D.S.C.

Wrong Bias